After being spotted in Arizona last month, a completely camo'ed Volvo XC40 has been spotted testing in Southern Europe, getting ready for what everyone expects is a Paris Motor Show debut this September. The five-door hatch was caught completely naked on a closed Norwegian road during a photo shoot, and from the single photo we've seen, it's a looker – a trait that should help it entice C30 buyers when that car goes away as well as take on the German A-segment competition.

The XC40 is part of a holding-maneuver product plan by Volvo while it prepares the next generation of vehicles that will ride on its modular scalable platform architecture. Word is that it will be joined by a C40 and that it will employ the engine selection from the V40, meaning "1.6 and 2.0 litre petrols and diesels," as well as front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.

We probably won't get it here in the States, but you can check it out in the gallery of high-res photos.


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      Ruben Ramanathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      i actually saw this car at a mall parking lot here in usa! it had "test vehicle' written all over it. seems like they are testing to put it on sale here despite the reports.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not only should this and the V40 be sold here, but they both need to come here with AWD and diesel options. Volvo's line-up needs a boost in new products and great fuel economy, this may be exactly what it's looking for.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Would love to see these in the states with diesels. Just wondering though does Volvo make their own diesel motor or do they share tech and if they have their own how is the MPG on them?
      Stang70Fastback
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a good thing Volvo makes safe cars... because the rear visibility out of that looks to be dreadful - even without the camouflage.
      An DyAndrews
      • 2 Years Ago
      The V40, A-Class, A3, et. al. are in the C-segment, not the A-segment. The A-segment is the smart ForTwo, B-segment is VW Polo, C-segment is VW Golf, etc.
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually a pretty good looking mini CUV, Volvo would be making a massive mistake not bringing that here to as a competitor to the X1 and an upmarket choice for Subaru buyers.
      MikeInNC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since I can't get the V60, this is EXACTLY what I'm looking for in the US. Considered the GTI and the A3 but this car fits a bit better and will probably be a bit roomier if it's anything like the S40 inside.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it! Please, though, just tighten up the suspension and give me some feedback on the steering! The weighting is already perfect otherwise. Love it.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      If we don't get this in the states, Volvo is making a huge mistake. They cannot rest on the S60/80 and XC60/90 alone.
        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        I agree. As even high-end customers downscale, from 5 series to Coopers, from Escalades to RX hybrids - it's just stupid that Volvo is skipping out on the largest market in the world. Even Lexus has a competitor in the compact segment. I'd love to have a Volvo again (I've had 5) but without a wagon, without a small, appealing car, all that's left is sedans- which I've always felt were only for the conservative, uptight types. I'll pass.
      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      The US wants the V60 .. not this one. (you can buy one in Panama.. but not here) Jim
      nettsu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worldcarfans managed to get the XC40 undisguised http://www.worldcarfans.com/112060445017/volvo-xc40-spied-undisguised
      TimATL
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's annoying that Autoblog keeps saying that the XC40 probably isn't coming to the U.S. when all indications are to the contrary. The president of Volvo cars U.S., John Maloney, told Swedespeed back in February that they want a core line-up of three sedans (the S60, the S80 and something to replace the S40 down the road) and three SUVs (the XC60, the XC90 and something smaller than the XC60 down the road). The XC40 is clearly the small SUV that they want to complete the XC product line-up. My guess is an S40 will be next to complete the S product line-up. Then he said Volvo will focus on the C line-up. My guess is a C40 and a C90.
      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the V40 was a no-go but we were definitely getting the XC40 and C40...
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